Our hearts are breaking with the loss of our beloved wife, mom, Maama, sister, and friend. Arlene was an Angel on earth to so many people. Born on May 2, 1960 to Robert Owen and V. Marie Bennett. She graduated from Highland High School and married her childhood sweetheart and best friend Richard Winkelman May 18, 1979. She was an amazing wife. Arlene and her husband Rich were married 41 years and they were the best of friends. She loved being a mother and she was always there for her kids, she would never give up on them. She ran an in home daycare for 18+ years and loved kids. She took such good care of those kids and built some amazing friendships with their parents. The last 15 years of her life, her greatest joy was her 3 grandsons. She loved them fiercely and built a special relationship with each of them. She was extremely clean and organized, and she could be so silly and fun. She made every holiday special and had a way of making people feel special. She had a listening ear and a huge heart, and she gave such great advice. She was much too young and she was taken too soon. She will never know how much she is loved and what a huge hole she is leaving in our lives.
Arlene is survived by husband Richard Winkelman, son Brock Winkelman, daughter Lauri (Jared) Andrus, sister Penny (Steve) Talbot, brother James Owen Bennett, sister-in-law Susie (Alan) Bird, many nieces and nephews, and her grandsons Grant, Grayson, and Gabriel Andrus. Preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Allen Bennett, and sisters Diane Bennett and Virginia Bennett.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday August 20, 2020 6:00-8:00pm at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 East Bengal Blvd (7600 South)
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